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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) For ABCT Clinical Directory
Q: I am having a psychiatric emergency (e.g., feeling that I am about to hurt myself or another person), what should I do?
Q: I cannot find any CBT therapists available in my area on the Find-a-CBT-Therapist Clinical Directory, how can I find a provider?
We recommend that you contact one or more CBT providers with facilities as close to your desired geographic region as possible. They may be able to help refer you to someone who provides services in your area, since they will be knowledgeable about your region and may know other CBT providers in that region. Another option is to find identify and contact a CBT therapist who specializes in your area of concern, and they may know other specialists in your area. Finally, most teaching hospitals now have training in CBT as part of the curriculum, if there is one in your area.
Q: How can I determine which CBT therapists take my insurance policy?
Note that only providers who have paid an extra fee for their listing to appear at the top can list their insurance policies accepted. If a provider does not have insurance listings but you would like to know which insurance policies they accept, contact them directly.
Q: I am experiencing psychological symptoms, but I don't know what I am suffering from. What should I do?
Symptom Checklists can be found at: http://www.abctcentral.org/xFAT/?fa=search_Symptoms
Fact Sheets can be found at: http://www.abct.org/Information/?m=mInformation&fa=FactSheets
Q: How do I know if I really need psychological treatment?
Please click on this link for more detailed information: http://www.abct.org/Information/?m=mInformation&fa=DecidingWhenToSeek
Q: What can I expect from CBT Treatment?
Q: I am experiencing many symptoms that are concerning to me. How do I choose which symptoms to address?
Q: Are all of the providers on the Find-a-CBT-Therapist Clinical Directory licensed or certified?
It is important for you, as a potential client, to know how to determine this -- and other important information -- about your potential CBT providers.
ABCT provides a Fact Sheet on choosing a CBT therapist, located at: http://www.abct.org/Information/?m=mInformation&fa=fs_GUIDELINES_CHOOSING
Q: How can I maximize my Find-a-CBT-Therapist search results to be the most effective for my needs?
If you search by other criteria, such as zip code, the fewer search criteria that you enter, the more results will 'pop up.' Thus, if you have some flexibility in how far you will travel for services, you might choose to search only by county (under advanced search options), or only by zip code.
Also, it is common to contact multiple providers before you start CBT to help you determine which, out of several options, may be the best provider for you.
Q: I do not see my primary concern listed under the specialty dropdown menu. What should I do?
Q: Are the providers listed at the top of the Find-A-CBT-Therapist Clinical Directory more experienced or more highly-rated than other providers?
Q: What is the best way for me to reach providers?